Muscatine County Iowa
Here is what the abbreviations in the bios stand for: far: farm; Co.: company or county; dir: dealer; IVA: Iowa Volunteer Artillery; IVC: Iowa Volunteer Cavalry; IVI: Iowa Volunteer Infantry; P.O.: Post Office; S. or Sec.: section; and st.: street.
Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Biographical Section, 1879, page 677
L. S. MANSFIELD, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Durant; was born in Litchfield Co., Conn., May 8, 1810; at the age of 25, he moved to Medina Co., Ohio, where he purchased a heavily-timbered farm with a clearing of two acres, on which was a log cabin. In June, 1836, he returned to his native county and married Susan Carter, who was born in Hartford Co., Conn., in August, 1813; they continued to reside upon the farm in Medina Co. until 1865, when they came to Muscatine Co., where he now resides, and owns 160 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre. Mrs. Mansfield died in 1872, leaving four children, but one now living--Nancy, born June 19, 1849; became the wife of Jasper Blackston, of this county, and died Oct. 13, 1872; William C. was born June 19, 1840; enlisted in 2d Ohio V. C. in 1861, and was killed while foraging from Lamar, Mo., May 7, 1862; John R. was born Feb. 28, 1841. He, also, participated in the late war, is now at home; Harriet, born Sept. 1, 1845, died Sept. 1, 1846. Mr. and Mrs. M. were both members of long standing in the Congregational Church, he having been Deacon in that Church for forty years; Republican.
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